NORTH Craven will play host to a junior football tournament next month which will see more than 1,000 children taking part.

Organised by Settle Juniors Football, the event is one of the largest one-day tournaments of its kind in the North.

More than 100 teams have signed up and up to 2,500 people are expected at the tournament and fun day on Saturday, July 8.


Talent scouts are also expected at the 17th annual event, which will be held at The Lords Playing Fields, Giggleswick, and already promises to be the biggest yet.

Settle Primary School headteacher Richard Wright said it was very much an exciting fixture in the school's calender with many families working behind the scenes to make it happen.

"It has become a magnificent festival of football and a wonderful family day out," he said.

"From its humble beginnings Settle United have, under the direction of their head coach Steve Woodrow, developed a major grass roots footballing event that has become nationally recognised.

"Those attending on July 8 will be amazed at the quality and standard of these young phenomenal players and watching this event will make any football fan feel optimistic for the future of our national team."